NMU football: Wildcats add Parrella to coaching staff

MARQUETTE – John Parrella, a 12-year NFL veteran, has been hired as the defensive line coach at Northern Michigan University

Parrella most recently served as an assistant coach at Chabot Junior College in Hayward, Calif. It won the Golden Gate Conference in 2013 and then played Siskiyous in the Top of the State Bowl game for the Central Division Championship, winning 36-22.

The most valuable player of that bowl was a defensive lineman who recorded 3.5 sacks.

“He brings an extraordinary amount of experience and maturity to the position,” NMU head coach Chris Ostrowsky said of Parrella. “His enthusiasm and passion for the game will make him a great asset to the program.”

After being selected in the second round of the 1993 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills,

Parrella went on to play 12 seasons in the NFL for the Bills, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders before retiring in 2004 with 405 tackles and 26.5 career sacks.

He played in three Super Bowls.